Etymology or the words' time travel.
I am fascinated by the origin of the words, their original place of birth their primary meaning and how they have travelled and evolved with time.
Some examples like:

"Hazard", or chance coming from Arabic meaning a game of dice.

"kǒu" the measure word for a family member in Chinese meaning "a mouth" feed obviously :)

In Italian "per combinazione" in Italian means "by chance" which, if you think about it is the most correct way to describe "chance" as it is a consequence of a chain of events.

And so on.

Please share the ones that make you smile no matter what language.
Apr 29, 2020 9:48 AM
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Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, English, French, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin)